Some nerves can remain “persnickety” for up to six months and there are always some mild “ghost symptoms” that can occur for up to two years. Your pain that is so easily removed with Advil does not necessarily remove the possibility of a recurrent herniation but is a good sign.
You could continue on the Advil if you can tolerate it and have no adverse effects. If you can function on a day to day basis with this medication, then you can give the nerve more time to heal.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.